Jim Batson

Board Vice President

Community High School District 128 Board of Education

  • Appointed to Board in April 2011
  • Appointed Vice President in April 2015
  • Elected to a 4-year term in 2019
  • Appointed as Facilities and Finance Committee chair in May 2013
  • Appointed Programs and Personnel Committee chair in May 2018
  • Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) Delegate,  2010
  • Director at Large, Illinois Association of School Boards Lake Division
  • Master Board Member designation 2015 - present

Other Education Experience

  • Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL), COSN, 2019
  • Board member and Vice President for Hawthorn District 73 BOE 1996 to 2003
  • President – Cougar Council of Vernon Hills High School 2003 - 2009
  • Vice President of the Fine Arts Support Team (FAST) and Vernon Hills High School 2003 - 2009 
  • Vice President of the Vernon Hills High School Athletic Boosters 2003 - 2009
  • Member of the first District 128 Strategic Planning team (2006)
  • Guest lecturer for various schools, universities and guest speaker at numerous regional and national education and technology conferences.

Community and Professional Organizations

  • Member Illinois Technology Education Leaders (IETL)
  • ED-RED Ad-Hoc committees: School Cyber Security 2018-2020, Finance 2019-2022
  • Former member and president of Illinois Council of Community College Administrators Technology Commission (ICCCA) Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA)
  • Jazz Educators Network (JEN)


  • Director of Technology, Fenton Community High School District 100
  • Freelance professional musician
  • 16+ years in Education Administration 
  • 25+ years in corporate technology leadership
  • 14+ years college adjunct instructor


  • EdD, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
  • MA, Management and Leadership, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
  • Illinois Professional Educator License, Post Graduate Certificate, Western Illinois University including Endorsement: Superintendent K-12
  • BA, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
  • AS Data Processing, AA Music Education, John Wood Community College, Quincy, IL